A dog tooth fracture is often caused by an injury of some sort, such as being hit with a heavy object or chewing on something too hard. When enough pressure gets applied to the fragile bone around it, it may break and lead to infection in the pet’s mouth and pain when they try to chew anything up.
The canine teeth and the large back teeth (premolars) are more likely to be broken than other types of dog’s teeth. Broken or injured bone in a lot of scenarios can lead to an infection, so it is important for you as the owner to take care of your pooch if it sustains such injury.
How much does broken dog tooth treatment cost?
A broken tooth can leave a pet in pain and cause them to act out. The cost of fixing the tooth will depend on what procedure needs to be done, the vet you’re going to, and the individual circumstance you’re facing, but we have outlined three popular options with their corresponding prices below:
|Type of Treatment||Description||Average Price|
|Vital pulpotomy (pulp capping)||In the event that your dog’s recent broken bone is exposed to air and not infected, a vet may recommend this treatment option. This procedure includes removing any diseased pulp while preserving healthy tissue for pain relief purposes. A dressing will be applied in order to protect the wound from infection or other risks during recovery time.||$1,100 to $3,800+|
|Root canal therapy||A root canal takes out any rotten tissue inside of the dog’s teeth while filling them with medicine so you don’t get an infection later on. This process typically works well for a lot of issues and they’re one of the more common procedures done on teeth nowadays.||$850 to $1,500+|
|Extraction||If the tooth is damaged too severely, a veterinarian will likely recommend an extraction to prevent potential pain and stiffness. Tooth removal can cause your dog discomfort or difficulty chewing on their food, and that’s why this treatment option should be considered as a last resort if other treatments for dental issues don’t work.||$150 to $650+|
Aside from the prices listed above, you should be prepared to pay for additional services like the initial appointment, x-rays, blood work, and anesthesia that can drive up prices tremendously. You will also have to take into account medication, post-surgical hospitalization, and other unexpected expenses.
A thread on ChronOfHorse.com sparked a heated debate about the cost of veterinary dental work, with some members claiming they were quoted as high as $700 for an extraction and others saying they paid just over $150 to have their dog’s tooth pulled out or that it was only between $900-$1,500 if you were to opt for root canal work instead.
One DogForums.com member claimed that he had to pay a decent amount of $425 for an extraction, once all the extras were calculated for the intervention – which included scaling and polishing the tooth before it was removed, sedation during the said procedure as well as medication afterward (IV catheterization) and hospital stay to prevent anything from going wrong post-surgery.
Embrace Pet Insurance notes that the cost of a dog’s broken tooth depends on which type and what treatment is elected. A complicated fracture, requiring extraction may be $500 to $1,000 for larger teeth while root canals are generally around the same price as they would be with humans, between $1,500-$3,000 or more. For some large dogs, this number will reach an astonishingly high amount, somewhere around $6,000.
You can use your pet’s age, weight, number of teeth needing work, and the severity of the injuries to estimate how much a root canal will cost, according to MyPetsDentist.
The actual treatment
A fractured tooth is often painful and can lead to complications if not addressed. Your vet will first pay attention to any symptoms indicative of a broken tooth, such as pain or drooling before deciding the treatment plan for your pet. They may also take an x-ray in order to make sure they know what type of fracture it is and how severe it might be so that you know exactly what needs to be fixed. All four general tissues need to be considered in order for the doctor to figure out how best to treat the dog’s fracture. Because of that, anesthesia is always needed when it comes time for this type of procedure.
When a tooth is broken, the pulp may be exposed to the outside air. When this happens, your veterinarian will have two options: either extraction or root canal treatment. The root canal treatment can help remove infected tissues and replace them with new tissue while crowning over the area; but if you were to choose an extraction, it would be better for pain relief, but all of the dog’s tooth functions would be permanently gone as there would be no tooth present in that spot anymore. In some more severe cases, tooth extraction might be the only way to go.
Dogs who underwent a root canal can usually resume activities the day after and be able to drink and eat that same day. This, of course, depends on the overall treatment that was needed.
Tooth extraction is often the hardest on your dog and will take them a long time to recover from. Your veterinarian will prescribe painkillers and antibiotics for the recovery process as well as to prevent future infection.